Okay, so Nintendo has announced some of what we can expect to find in the new 3DS system update that's due in November, plus some other interesting additions.
"Nintendo 3DS continues to evolve with great new features and functions designed to reinforce its position as a premiere entertainment device," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "All of these features, in addition to great upcoming games like Pokémon Rumble Blast on Oct. 24, Super Mario 3D Land on Nov. 13 and Mario Kart 7 on Dec. 4, make Nintendo 3DS a smart gift option this holiday season."
Well, duh! Obviously Nintendo wants to put the 3DS in the best position possible before entering the holiday season. And while I do enjoy the added features that exist now and will enjoy some of these others on the way, I still kind of wish that some of them had been included at launch...
The big news I guess, is that they're going to add Hulu Plus to the 3DS and Wii. I feel like it will be more of a draw on the Wii than the 3DS, though. In case you weren't already aware, Hulu Plus is a subscription service that lets you stream TV episodes both current and classic as well as some movies. I have to say that I tried my free month when they launched it on Xbox LIVE, and barely used it. So I'm probably not going to download it and pay $7.99 a month. (Of course, if they offer another free month to try it on the 3DS, I'll probably go again!)
The system update that is now due at the end of November will include the ability to shoot 3D video with your 3DS, which is pretty awesome. You'll be able to record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and make your own 3D stop-motion animated videos. The update will also add new puzzles and a new dungeon for Find Mii, which is really cool, because I finished those ages ago and would enjoy some new content. Other features will be announced in the future, but I've heard that the system transfer will be among them, allowing those of you who got one of the smexy new flame red 3DSes to transfer all your data from your original one onto it.
Some new 3D games are coming to the Nintendo eShop, including Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!, which lets you create creatures and bring them to life and explore levels (November, $6.99). Pushmo is a 3D puzzle game that includes 250 puzzles and the ability to create your own (December, price TBD). Swapnote is like a 3D Pictochat, but also includes the ability to add pictures and sound and sending them to friends via SpotPass and StreetPass. (November, free) Dillon's Rolling Western is a 3D tower defense game set in the old west where you're an armadillo who literally rolls over his enemies (Q1 2012, price TBD).
Nintendo also announced that some new 3D music videos were headed to the Nintendo Video app, including "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" from Foster the People. (SNL hasn't gotten off to a great start this season, but I do appreciate them introducing me to Foster the People's brand of quirky pop!) I appreciate the Nintendo Video service and what it's trying to do, but sometimes the videos cycle in and out really quickly, so you have to watch them right away. And there's only four at a time, with no ability to store ones that you like and might want to watch again.
Of course, now you can buy some if you like. Starting today, a 3D "Thriller" video featuring the characters from Shrek is available in the eStore to download for $1.99. I guess if there was a video I really liked, I'd buy it to keep, but I'm not sure I'd want to drop $2 on a video if I didn't know if it was any good or not. Maybe they could premiere them on the Nintendo Video app and then offer them for purchase afterwards? I don't know. I still thought we were supposed to be able to watch full-length 3D features by this point. Wasn't that promised originally?